26 Jul '11, 9pm

U.S. Gov't considers imposing sanctions against Iceland for commercial whaling program. Click for details:

U.S. Gov't considers imposing sanctions against Iceland for commercial whaling program. Click for details:

Fin whales are found in all the oceans of the world and they are the second largest living mammal. But they have been severely impacted worldwide by commercial whaling. Nearly 750,000 animals were killed in areas of the Southern Hemisphere alone between 1904 and 1979. © Gustavo Ybarra / WWF-Canon Since 1986, there has been an internationally agreed upon moratorium on commercial whaling. This ban, imposed by the intergovernmental International Whaling Commission (IWC) has been hugely important to stabilizing whale populations worldwide. But a few countries have elected to ignore, or find ways around the ban. Now, the U.S. Government is considering imposing sanctions against Iceland under legislation called the “Pelly Amendment.” The sanctions could be invoked if Iceland does not stop killing whales for its commercial whaling program. What is the U.S. Pelly Amendment? The U....

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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